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War in the Pacific

War in the Pacific

The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theatre of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and East Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China (including the 1945 Soviet-Japanese conflict).

It is generally considered that the Pacific War began on December 7th, 1941, on which date Japan invaded Thailand and attacked the British possessions of Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong as well as the United States military bases in Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam and the Philippines. Some historians contend that the conflict in Asia can be dated back to July 7th, 1937 with the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War between the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China, or possibly September 19th, 1931, beginning with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. However, it is more widely accepted that the Pacific War itself started in early December 1941, with the Sino-Japanese War then becoming part of it as a theater of the greater World War II.

The Pacific War saw the Allied powers pitted against the Empire of Japan, the latter briefly aided by Thailand and to a much lesser extent by its Axis allies, Germany and Italy. The war culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and other large aerial bomb attacks by the United States Army Air Forces, accompanied by the Soviet invasion of Manchuria on August 8th, 1945, resulting in the Japanese announcement of intent to surrender on August 15th, 1945. The formal and official surrender of Japan took place aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2nd, 1945. Following its defeat, Japan's Shinto Emperor stepped down as the divine leader through the Shinto Directive, because the Allied Powers believed this was the major political cause of Japan's military aggression and deconstruction process soon took place to install a new liberal-democratic constitution to the Japanese public as the current Constitution of Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Chokai [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Chokai [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Chokai was a Takao-class heavy cruiser, armed with ten 8-inch (200 mm) guns, four 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns, eight tubes for the Type 93 torpedo, and assorted anti-aircraft guns. Chōkai was designed with the Imperial Japanese Navy strategy of the great "Decisive Battle" in mind, and built in 1932 by Mitsubishi's shipyard in Nagasaki.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Katori Class Light Cruiser - Katori [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Katori Class Light Cruiser - Katori [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Katori was the lead ship of the Katori class of three light cruisers which served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. It is named after the noted Shinto Katori Shrine in Chiba prefecture, Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Kongo Class Battleship - Haruna [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Kongo Class Battleship - Haruna [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Haruna named after Mount Haruna, was a warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I and World War II. Designed by the British naval engineer George Thurston, she was the fourth and last battlecruiser of the Kongo class, amongst the most heavily armed ships in any navy when built.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Ise Class Battleship - Hyuga [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Ise Class Battleship - Hyuga [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Hyūga, named for Hyūga Province in Kyūshū, was an Ise-class battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy laid down by Mitsubishi on May 6th, 1915, launched on January 27th, 1917, and completed on 30 April 1918.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Class Battleship - Mutsu [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Nagato Class Battleship - Mutsu [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Mutsu named after Mutsu Province, was a dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) at the end of World War I. She was the second ship of the Nagato class.  In 1923, a year after commissioning, she carried supplies for the survivors of the Great Kantō earthquake.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Aoba Class Heavy Cruiser - Aoba [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Aoba Class Heavy Cruiser - Aoba [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

IJN Aoba was the lead ship in the two-vessel Aoba-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Launched in 1926 and heavily modernized in 1938-40, she displaced 8,300 tons (standard, 9,000 final), was 185.17 meters long, and carried a main battery of six 20 cm/50 3rd Year Type naval guns in three double turrets, two forward and one aft.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Ryuho Class Light Aircraft Carrier - Ryuho [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Ryuho Class Light Aircraft Carrier - Ryuho [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

The Ryuho ("Dragon phoenix") was a Japanese light aircraft carrier. Sole ship of her class, she was converted from a submarine tender. During World War II she operated mainly as an aircraft transport but did participate in the First Battle of the Philippine Sea.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Tone Class Heavy Cruiser - Tone [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Tone Class Heavy Cruiser - Tone [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

IJN Tone was the lead ship in the two-vessel Tone-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named after the Tone River, in the Kantō region of Japan and was completed on 20 November 1938 at Mitsubishi's Nagasaki shipyards.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Agano Class Light Cruiser - Agano [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Agano Class Light Cruiser - Agano [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

The four Agano-class cruisers were light cruisers operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy. All were named after Japanese rivers. Larger than these previous Japanese light cruisers, the Agano-class vessels were fast, but with little protection, and were under-gunned for their size. They participated in numerous actions during World War II.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Nagara Class Light Cruiser - Nagara [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Nagara Class Light Cruiser - Nagara [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Nagara was the lead ship of her class of light cruiser in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after the Nagara River in the Chūbu region of Japan. Nagara was laid down on September 9th, 1920, launched on April 25th, 1922, and completed at Sasebo Naval Arsenal, and commissioned on April 21st, 1922.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Takao [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Takao [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Takao was the lead vessel in the Takao-class heavy cruisers, active in World War II with the Imperial Japanese Navy. These were the largest and more modern cruisers in the Japanese fleet, and were intended to form the backbone of a multipurpose long-range strike force.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Kongo Class Battleship - Hiei, Training Ship Configuration [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Kongo Class Battleship - Hiei, Training Ship Configuration [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Hiei was a warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I and World War II. Designed by British naval architect George Thurston, she was the second launched of four Kongo-class battlecruisers, among the most heavily armed ships in any navy when built.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser - Kako [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser - Kako [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

IJN Kako was the second vessel in the two-vessel Furutaka-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named after the Kako River in Hyogo prefecture, Japan. Kako was completed at Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation at Kobe on July 20th, 1926.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Hosho Class Aircraft Carrier - Hosho [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Hosho Class Aircraft Carrier - Hosho [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Hosho ("phoenix in flight") was the world's first commissioned ship that was designed and built as an aircraft carrier, and the first aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). Commissioned in 1922, the ship was used for testing carrier aircraft operations equipment, techniques, such as take-offs and landings, and carrier aircraft operational methods and tactics.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Satsuma Class Battleship - Satsuma [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Satsuma Class Battleship - Satsuma [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Satsuma was a semi-dreadnought battleship built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in the first decade of the 20th Century. Lead ship of her class, she was the first battleship built in Japan. She was named for Satsuma Province, now a part of Kagoshima prefecture.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Atago [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Atago [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Atago was the second vessel in the Takao-class heavy cruisers, active in World War II with the Imperial Japanese Navy. These were the largest and more modern cruisers in the Japanese fleet, and were intended to form the backbone of a multipurpose long-range strike force. Her sister ships were Takao, Maya and Chokai.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Tenryu Class Light Cruiser - Tatsuta [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Tenryu Class Light Cruiser - Tatsuta [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Tatsuta was the second ship in the two ship Tenryū class of light cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). She was named after the Tatsuta River in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The Tenryū class was designed to act as flagships for destroyer flotillas.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Hiyo Class Aircraft Carrier - Junyo [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Asashio Class Destroyer - Asashio [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Asashio ("Morning Tide") was the lead ship of the ten Asashio-class destroyers built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the mid-1930s under the Circle Two Program (Maru Ni Keikaku).

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Imperial Japanese Navy Sendai Class Light Cruiser - Sendai [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Sendai Class Light Cruiser - Sendai [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Sendai was a Sendai-class light cruiser in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after the Sendai River in southern Kyushu. Sendai was the lead ship of the three vessels completed in her class of light cruisers, and like other vessels of her class, she was intended for use as the flagship of a destroyer flotilla.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser - Furutaka [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Furutaka Class Heavy Cruiser - Furutaka [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

IJN Furutaka was the lead ship in the two-vessel Furutaka-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named after Mount Furutaka, located on Etajima, Hiroshima immediately behind the Imperial Japanese Navy Academy.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser - Mikuma [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser - Mikuma [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Mikuma was the second vessel in the four-vessel Mogami-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was named after the Mikuma river in Oita prefecture, Japan. Commissioned in 1935, it participated in the Battle of Sunda Strait in February 1942 and the Battle of Midway in June 1942. It was sunk the last day of the battle, June 6th.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Kagero Class Destroyer - Isokaze [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Kagero Class Destroyer - Isokaze [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Isokaze ("Wind on the Beach") was a Kagero-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. It is the second ship to carry the name after the lead ship from Isokaze-class destroyer. On April 7th, 1945, Isokaze escorted the battleship Yamato from the Inland Sea on her Operation Ten-Go attack on the Allied forces on Okinawa.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Kuma Class Light Cruiser - Kuma [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Kuma Class Light Cruiser - Kuma [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Kuma was the lead vessel of the five Kuma-class light cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after the Kuma River in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Akizuki Class Destroyer - Akizuki [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Akizuki Class Destroyer - Akizuki [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Akizuki was the lead ship of her class of destroyer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means "Autumn Moon." The Akizuki-class ships were originally designed as anti-aircaft escorts for carrier battle groups, but were modified with torpedo tubes and depth charges to meet the need for more general-purpose destroyer.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Maya [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Takao Class Heavy Cruiser - Maya [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Maya was one of four Takao-class heavy cruisers, active in World War II with the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). These were the largest and more modern cruisers in the Japanese fleet, and were intended to form the backbone of a multipurpose long-range strike force.

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US Navy Colorado Class Battleship - USS West Virginia (BB-48) [With Collector Magazine] US Navy Colorado Class Battleship - USS West Virginia (BB-48) [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

USS West Virginia (BB-48), a Colorado-class battleship, was the second United States Navy ship named in honor of the country's 35th state. She was laid down on April 12th, 1920 at Newport News, Virginia, launched on November 19th, 1921, and commissioned on December 1st, 1923.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Myoko Class Heavy Cruiser - Nachi [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Myoko Class Heavy Cruiser - Haguro [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Haguro was the third of the four-member Myoko class of heavy cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy. She was named after Mount Haguro in Yamagata Prefecture. The other ships of her class were Myōkō, Nachi and Ashigara. Haguro saw significant service during World War II, participating in nine naval engagements.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser - Kumano [With Collector Magazine] Imperial Japanese Navy Mogami Class Heavy Cruiser - Kumano [With Collector Magazine] (1:1100 Scale)

Kumano was one of four Mogami class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy, serving in World War II. She was named after the Kumano River Kii Peninsula on the island of Honshu in central Japan.

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Imperial Japanese Navy Oyodo Class Light Cruiser - Oyodo [Clamshell Packaging] Imperial Japanese Navy Oyodo Class Light Cruiser - Oyodo [Clamshell Packaging] (1:1100 Scale)

Oyodo was a light cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), completed during World War II, and was the only ship of her class completed before the end of the war. As was the practice with IJN light cruisers, she was named after a river, in this case the Oyodo River in Kyūshū, Japan.

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US Navy Iowa Class Battleship US Navy Iowa Class Battleship - USS Missouri (BB-63) (1:1250 Scale)

The Iowa-class battleships were four battleships constructed by the United States Navy in the 1940s for use as escorts for the Fast Carrier Task Forces operating in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

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